File this one under “best stories of the year.” Steve Grieg is passionate about adopting senior dogs and farm animals. In fact, he’s adopted a whopping 10 senior dogs, along with a pig, chickens, ducks, fish, and pigeons. He documents the whole gang’s adventures on his Instagram, which has nearly 600K followers—and deservedly so.
Grieg is an accountant in Colorado and a lifelong animal lover. He regularly checks in on shelters for older, less-adoptable dogs, because he wants to give them a great second shot at life.
The gang’s all here
I'm doing a little remodeling in the den. Had to take advantage of the empty shelves. From top to bottom left to right: Shirley the rooster, still nameless hurt pigeon I found by the gym, Stuart the rabbit, Oprah, Martha Ray, Laverne the rooster, Englebert, Loretta, Eeyore and Josh. #shelflifeADVERTISEMENT
The ultimate Christmas shot
The obligatory dogs (and one slightly hidden rabbit) in Santa costumes holiday pic. Unfortunately the one with the most 'Santa like' figure refused to participate. Bikini the pig was prepared to eat the Santa suit rather than wear it. If only I could have found a Grinch costume in her size….. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. #merrychristmutts
First to join Grieg’s family was 12 year-old Chihuahua Eeyore, who suffered from a heart murmur. From there, he’s added nine more aging dogs to his pack! “They’re just wiser animals,” he told the Dodo. “You kind of know what you want out of life once you become a certain age.”
Caring for all of these dogs isn’t easy. Grieg wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. to feed them according to special diets and to give them necessary meds. He then comes home at lunch to give everyone a walk, along with a few treats.
He updates his Instagram regularly, where he spreads the word about dog adoption. Talk about an inspiration.
Seems like there is one missing…. Oh yeah, me. Generally speaking there are two basic camps regarding where dogs should sleep at night; in bed with us, or in their own bed without us. Obviously I'm from the first camp but I know there are many dogs that actually prefer to sleep in their own bed; I have two like that myself. But my thoughts are, especially for dogs that came from a shelter that have spent far too many nights in a cage or on a cement floor, a soft bed with their human is the ultimate luxury and I'm happy to share that with them. It's one of the highlights of bringing a dog home from the shelter, watching them as they realize they get to sleep in the same bed as I do. Edna and Phyllis especially seem to revel in this fact every night. It's a nice thing to see before I fall asleep. Of course I have to wash the sheets a lot and replace them often, but I just don't care. #idontgiveasheet
H/T: The Dodo